Downtown North Wilkesboro Partnership (formerly Historic Downtown North Wilkesboro, or HDTNW) is a 501(c)(3) organization devoted to developing, promoting, managing and enhancing the quality of life and commerce in Downtown North Wilkesboro and thereby in the county and surrounding area. It receives funds through a significant grant from the town of North Wilkesboro, other grants and donations, and fund raising projects. It employs a part-time director and is governed by a board of volunteers. Some of these board members are not residents of North Wilkesboro, but are county residents that understand the importance of an attractive and thriving downtown area to the overall economic health of the county. They know that such a downtown aids in the recruitment of businesses and industries, vacationers, retirees, and others seeking to relocate.
Some of Downtown North Wilkesboro Partnership's ongoing and more recent projects include the achievement of the Main Street Community designation with its rights and privileges, the beautification of downtown through streetscape flags and large flower pots planted with flowering and ornamental plants, the continuing grants to businesses for facade improvement, the "Shine to Wine" Festival, and the continuing sponsorship of the "Light Up Downtown" Christmas festivities.